HSE News from the Health and Safety Executive UK

  • Six metre fall lands Orkney firm in court

    23 Apr 2014, 4:00 pm
    An Orkney-based construction firm has been fined for safety failings after a worker was seriously injured when he fell six metres through a roof sheet.
  • Firm sentenced after worker severely injured

    23 Apr 2014, 2:00 pm
    A Stirlingshire company has been fined for serious safety failings after a foundry worker’s legs were crushed when he was struck by a one tonne mould in a casting box while turning it with an overhead crane.
  • West Midlands firm in court over dangerous machinery risks

    23 Apr 2014, 11:30 am
    A West Midlands company that makes roller shutters has been fined after an employee severed part of his finger in an unguarded machine.
  • Work equipment and machinery: FAQs – Powered gates

    23 Apr 2014, 8:00 am
    A series of FAQs on the risks associated with powered gates including, what you must do if you are an installer or a maintenance contractor, the main safety requirements and what the law says about powered gates, has been produced.
  • Worker suffers broken back after six-metre fall

    22 Apr 2014, 3:30 pm
    A solar panel installation firm and its technical director have been prosecuted after an employee broke his back when he fell six metres through the roof light of a barn in Northamptonshire.
  • Case 281 – Junior school bans fruit and rice cakes

    22 Apr 2014, 3:00 pm
    A junior school is to ban children bringing a snack of fruit or rice cakes to school. Their reasoning is that this is a health and safety risk to children with food allergies.
  • European campaign – Healthy workplaces manage stress

    22 Apr 2014, 1:30 pm
    During 2014-2015, HSE is helping to promote EU-OSHA’s Healthy Workplaces Campaign – Healthy workplaces manage stress – by providing campaign specific information, including news, events and resources.
  • Workplace falls and dangerous machines top reasons for prosecutions

    22 Apr 2014, 12:00 pm
    Workplace falls and dangerous machines have been named as the two most common reasons for companies being prosecuted over health and safety breaches in the North West.
  • Judith Hackitt’s ‘Risk Assessment’ – Golden rules set the culture

    22 Apr 2014, 8:00 am
    How confident are you that all of your “rules” mean the same to your audience as you intended?
  • Three injured in floor collapse at Trafford mansion

    17 Apr 2014, 3:30 pm
    Two building firms have been ordered to pay a total of £72,000 in fines and costs after a floor collapsed during the construction of a six-bedroom mansion in Trafford, injuring three workers.
  • REACH Bitesize advice: Information Leaflet Number 20 – Restrictions

    17 Apr 2014, 1:00 pm
    Leaflet number 20 provides a brief introduction to the REACH restriction provisions and is in two parts. Part 1 looks at what restrictions are and what they could mean for companies within the EU. Part 2 looks at how a substance becomes subject to ...
  • Case 280 – Patients must be supervised in outpatient waiting area

    17 Apr 2014, 12:30 pm
    A sign on a locked entrance advises patients arriving early at a hospital fracture clinic that they are not permitted to wait in clinic without a nurse present, for health and safety reasons.
  • Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – HSE’s role during the run-up

    17 Apr 2014, 9:30 am
    Attention will focus on a number of areas, including the construction of temporary demountable structures (TDS), high hazard sites adjacent to venues and transport routes, legionella risks, and the safe storage and handling of pyrotechnics.
  • Case 279 – Estate manager refuses to remove abandoned fridge

    17 Apr 2014, 8:30 am
    The custodian of a housing estate refuses to remove a fridge that appears to have been dumped on the site.
  • Plumber prosecuted over illegal gas work at two fast-food restaurants

    16 Apr 2014, 6:00 pm
    An Essex plumber has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to do 240 hours of community work after carrying out illegal and unsafe gas work at two fried chicken shops in Southend-on-Sea.